Category Archive: Decisions

7 Smart Things to Do When Your Team is Smarter Than You

Leaders who move up, end up leading people who are smarter than they are. Be thankful, even if it’s stressful. Leaders who need to be the smartest person in the room: Propagate dumb… Continue reading

5 Ways to Come Out Ahead in Complex Situations

You aren’t doing much if you don’t grapple with uncertainty. Complex issues have many solutions. Thinking otherwise closes minds. Closed minds damage organizations and limit leaders. Avoid the appeal of first suggestions. “One… Continue reading

How to Reach Beyond the Limitations of Your Talent

You suck at many things and excel at few. If you’re a “know all – decide all” leader: Create hierarchy. Stick with your expertise. Control everything. Surround yourself with kowtowing conformists. 5 signs you’re… Continue reading

10 Ways to Disengage in an Engaging Way

Leadership roles are frequently redefined in growing organizations. Leaders grow with growing organizations or both stagnate and die. Growing organizations require leaders to become novices again and again. Stepping back and letting go:… Continue reading

10 Practical Ways to Make Better Decisions

Weak leaders silence dissent; wise invite it. Peter Drucker said, “If you have quick consensus on an important matter, don’t make the decision.” All important decisions are made better by constructive dissent. Leaders with… Continue reading

7 Ways to Find The Next Best Play

Yesterday I had a conversation with Tim Sanders, author of the new book, “DEALSTORMING,” and former Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo!. I’m a basketball enthusiast so we spent some time talking about coach… Continue reading